At Salesforce we are future thinkers, constantly working to change the status quo and ensuring we are protecting our planet for future generations. As we continue to grow, we are ensuring our growth is also environmentally sustainable. That is why we are proud to announce our three office buildings (Salesforce East, Salesforce West and Salesforce Tower) at the heart of our global headquarters in San Francisco are now sourcing 100% renewable energy and in motion to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible achievement.
This comes on the heels of announcing the installation of the largest on-site water recycling system in Salesforce Tower that will save more than 7 million gallons of fresh water a year. In addition, in FY18 Salesforce achieved net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally and delivered customers a carbon neutral cloud.
Salesforce is fortunate to be founded in a city that has congruent views about the environment and climate change. On our environmental journey, we have worked with the City of San Francisco and property owners to drive toward a better more sustainable future. This is one of the reasons why we are so excited to announce that Salesforce will be a major sponsor of the Global Climate Action Summit, September 12-15, which will bring together the world’s climate leaders in our hometown of San Francisco.
For the Summit, the State of California is bringing together representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and others from around the world to report on their ambitious climate innovations, highlight the actions already underway and catalyze bold new commitments to drive climate change solutions.
As a presenting sponsor, Salesforce will focus its efforts in key areas that directly align with our core values of innovation and equality and the Summit’s goals–driving messaging around Climate & Energy, the health of the oceans and education.
Climate & Energy
Salesforce has been working closely with Christiana Figueres of Mission 2020 and former head of UN Climate Change, on a unique coalition that will bring together business leaders to help set the pace and scale of transformation necessary to keep global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius. The coalition ties in the importance and advantages of partnership between businesses and all levels of government to address climate change.
As the 10th Annual World Oceans Day just passed, it carries with it a global awareness intended to bring our oceans the level of attention they deserve. During the Summit, Salesforce will host a Healthy Oceans Reception to bring together key climate and ocean stakeholders, as well as our Salesforce Ohana to drive awareness to ocean climate change issues. In addition, Salesforce will participate in numerous ocean-focused breakout sessions and workshops at the Summit.
On July 25, Salesforce will host 40 middle school science teachers from San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) onsite at Salesforce for a one day workshop to learn the climate and oceans curriculum that they can then take back to their classrooms to share the knowledge. Salesforce will also host an Oceans Day Field Trip at Cal Academy of Science on September 11 and 12, in conjunction with Global Climate Action Summit.
All of Salesforce’s environmental milestones and programming at Global Climate Action Summit reinforces the notion that businesses are powerful platforms for change. We are honored to have the support of the City of San Francisco and look forward to many more future successes together.